We left Kunming on Monday morning on at 10:30 flight to Guangzhou. Here is Grace in the airport:
Grace did really well on the airplane, except for five minutes of crying herself to sleep. She was so excited when we put her in her own seat (it was great, the flight was crowded, but the flight attendant asked the guy sitting in our row to move to another aisle seat so that we could have the extra room for Gracie. You don't get that type of customer service on American-based airlines, that's for sure! Here is Gracie in her seat:
We arrived in Guangzhou at 12:15 pm and had a driver waiting for us to take us for the 2 hour drive into Zhuhai. Grace fell asleep for almost the whole trip, and Mommy and Daddy decided that wasn't a bad idea and joined her!
When we pulled up to the house, Noah and Jillian were just getting out of the van back from school. They walked into the house because they didn't see us pull up behind them, but the door was still open when we got out so they heard us and came running out to meet their little sister.
It was love at first site! Noah and Jillian were just so excited to finally see Grace that they were just hugging and kissing on her. Grace was very funny to watch because she had this look of "What the heck is going on here" for most of the time. She was just watching them so intently trying to figure it all out. I wish I knew what was going through her mind. I think she was actually quite confused and was very mellow during this initial meeting. Here's the pictures with Ge Ge (pronounced ger ger - with a hard "g") which means big brother, and with Ji Ji (not sure of the spelling on that one, but it is pronounced jeh jeh) and means big sister:
Here is the first photo of the new Tierney Family of Five!
Once Noah and Jillian got to get a hold of Grace, it was Mimi and Pa's turn. I was really amazed by how well Grace was doing with all these new people. She wasn't exactly jumping for joy, but she wasn't fussy and crying either!
This was the first laugh we got from Grace since she met the rest of the family. Of course, she was sitting on "goofy" Pa's lap!
While in Kunming, we had found these really cute hats that we bought for Grace and for Jillian. When we gave one to Jillian she wanted Grace to wear her's too, and they both looked just so cute with them on:
I will try and update again tomorrow or the next day. We have had a great first week together with Grace. Every day she seems to be more and more comfortable with us and we are really starting to see her real personality. She is just a little bundle of joy!